Quintana primed for Giro after Tirreno-Adriatico success


Nairo Quintana is confident he is in prime condition to challenge for the Giro d'Italia in May after winning Tirreno-Adriatico for the second time.

The Colombian held the lead in the week-long race after winning stage four on Saturday, and he never let go to take the victory by 25 seconds from Rohan Dennis.

Quintana - who also won the race in 2015 - will now turn his attention to the first Grand Tour of 2017 as he looks to do the Giro-Tour double.

He won the Giro back in 2014 but has yet to claim Tour de France success, the 27-year-old having been pipped by Chris Froome on three occasions.

However, he hopes 2017 could be his year after finishing Tirreno-Adriatico in good shape.

"I've finished this race in better shape than when I started it," he said.

"I'm still building upwards, and I'm very pleased because I'm in good shape and have done some good work for the future races. More than winning, my goal is to progress well towards the main objectives of the season.

"I've got some important weeks coming up, with some important training at home, while also enjoying time with my family and friends as I get to my best condition.

"This race was all part of the process. Taking part in races like Tirreno-Adriatico is always important, and not only because the win that's at stake. In the end, it's also a Giro d'Italia-organised event, and that makes sure you'll find finishes very much similar to those you'll have to tackle in the Giro.

"For us, getting to know the roads, reinforce our bond as a team, get used to the pace we'll find in May - it's all about getting focused on that first Grand Tour goal of our season."

He added: "My objective is to win the Tour de France one day. I'm not sure if it'll be at the first, second or third try, but my aim is to win it, and other races.

"I'm a rider who wins from the start of the year more or less to the end of it, and my idea is to stay on this level."